This Week’s Hottest Releases: September 10 — September 16

This Week’s Hottest Releases: September 10 — September 16

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.

A Column of Fire

For those of you who have been waiting breathlessly for the next installment in Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge Saga, you’re in luck. And don’t worry: This one also has the rough dimensions of  a phone book. In it, you’ll meet Ned Willard, who is in love with a woman named Margery Fitzgerald. There are problems, however, not least of which is the fact that Ned doesn’t get along with Margery’s brother. At all.  Lovers of historical fiction hardly need to be told this is a great book to pick up this week. We bet that lovers of European history, particularly the Elizabethan era, will be particularly happy.

Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies

Despite the massive spoiler in the title of this book, we predict readers will be engaged and moved by this insightful memoir from TVLine’s Michael Ausiello. Ausiello writes about his love story with husband Christopher (or “Kit”) Cowan, who was diagnosed with cancer, underwent treatment, and then died, all within a relatively short span of time. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “Tender, profoundly poignant, and cleverly written with equal parts wit and integrity, the book is grounded in the realities of modern relationships and the grim fate of mortality.”

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

For readers who devoured Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and are still hankering for more time with Lisbeth Salander, this week has something exciting in store. David Lagercrantz continues the series with this installment, which finds Lisbeth in a women’s prison. Readers will be happy to know Mikael Blomkvist also returns in this novel, where he visits Lisbeth each week and may even pick up some intel that will give his magazine a good scoop. There’s something so satisfying about stepping back into the world of a favorite series, and we predict this will keep many bookworms up all night, furiously turning pages.

An Excess Male

Travel a little bit into the future in this brand new debut from Maggie Shen King. This book takes place in China, where the One Child Policy is still in full effect. But because many families wanted sons, there now are 40 million men who can’t find women to marry because the numbers are so skewed. Enter Wei-guo, a man who is desperate for a wife and will do almost anything to find love. Readers will watch Wei-guo seek out a role as a third husband, and wrestle with his own values, loyalty, and feelings for a woman named May-ling. This dystopian novel raises fascinating questions about gender and love.


This captivating anthology collects poems, essays, interviews, and artwork from Indigenous women across the United States and Canada. Each piece shares a personal story, and as a whole the book fights against common and dangerous stereotypes about Native American women. The women within these pages are strong, inspiring, and impossible to forget. In a starred review, School Library Journal called it “A stunning anthology of creative writing and art—a love letter, indeed.


What happens when you lose interest in the one thing you’ve built your life around? In this graphic memoir, Tillie Walden shares memories from the ten years of her life that she dedicated to figure skating, and what happened when she decided to stop. Figure skating defined Walden for years: She’d wake before dawn to practice, attend group lessons after school, and compete on the weekends. When she switches schools, falls for her first girlfriend, and discovers a passion for art, she wonders if it’s time to leave skating behind. Walden’s story of growing up and moving forward is one that readers will both relate to and find comfort in.

The Exact Location of Home

Eighth-grader Kirby “Zig” Zigonski knows that something fishy is going on when his dad cancels an upcoming visit at the last minute and his mom won’t explain why. Zig also doesn’t understand why his mom won’t call his dad to ask for money after the two of them are evicted from their home and forced to move into the Community Hospitality Center. Convinced that his dad has left clues around town to explain his absence, Zig and his friends set out to search for the answers that Zig seeks. This middle grade novel thoughtfully explores Zig’s thoughts about the true meaning of home and family.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Arturo Schomburg was an Afro-Puerto Rican law clerk with a serious passion for African history and culture. While growing up in Puerto Rico, Arturo noticed that the stories of black men and women were often left out of the history books or whitewashed. This sparked in him a desire to collect all of the information he could on these almost-forgotten figures. He searched for books, letters, paintings, and other items until his home was overflowing with history. When his collection became too large, he transferred it to the New York Public Library. Readers who live close to New York City will definitely want to take a trip to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after finishing this gem.


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